National Weather Service Buffalo, New York

Western New York Weather History




The total rain at Buffalo fall for 24 hours ending at 8am was 4.22 inches. Large number of cellars were flooded, sidewalks were raised and carried for blocks, the street cars were unable to run and in some instances the sewers were unable to carry off the water. Estimated damages were about $5,000. The wind attending the disturbance was mostly from northwest to northeast not especially dangerous in the vicinity of the station. Damage was heavier in northern and eastern side of the city. Trees, signs, and fences suffered from the gale although the highest velocity was but 29 mph. The storm was much more severe in interior and eastern part of the state. Trains entering the city were all delayed. Other rainfall amounts from western New York: Eden center--4.56in.; Fort Niagara--3.30 in.; Alfred Center--2.50 in.; Arcade--3.55 in.; Dunkirk--4.21 in.; Leroy--2.80 in.; Lockport--3.82 in.; Lowville--4.38 in.; Rochester--4.19 in.


A cold front which crossed the eastern Lake Ontario region during the afternoon hours, was accompanied by damaging thunderstorms. The thunderstorm winds downed trees and power lines in Jefferson and Oswego counties. A portion of Route 104 in Mexico was closed by fallen trees.


A cold front stretching across the lower Great Lakes became nearly stationary. Occasional showers and thunderstorms persisted along the front during the late morning and early afternoon hours. Three-quarter inch hail fell in Franklinville, Cattaraugus county, while hail up to one-and-three-quarters inch was reported in Cleveland, Oswego county. The thunderstorm winds, estimated to 60 mph, downed trees and power lines in Caledonia, Livingston county; Henrietta and Brighton, Monroe county; Croghan, Lewis county; and Lorraine, Jefferson county. The training thunderstorms produced heavy rains leaving parts of Monroe and Wayne counties under water up to waist high. Weather radar estimates of rainfall totaled four to six inches over parts of those counties. A State of Emergency was declared in Wolcott, Wayne county.